19 Apr 2005

Pitcairn Supreme Court expected to hear more details about British links

10:17 am on 19 April 2005

More details are expected to emerge today in the Pitcairn Supreme Court sitting in Auckland about the relationship between Britain and the remote island community.

Six Pitcairn men are challenging their sex abuse convictions, saying they did not realise that serious offences on the island were covered by English law.

Two questions emerged during the first day of the hearing, did Pitcairners know that English law covered serious offences on the Island and was the English law communicated to the Islanders.

The court heard a detailed tour of Pitcairn legal history during which it produced documents which show it says that the English law of rape applies specifically to the Island.

Further specific instances of English law in relation to Pitcairn are expected today.